Court shown shocking video evidence against Christopher Panayiotou

WATCH: Court shown shocking video evidence against Christopher Panayiotou

The Port Elizabeth High Court has been shown a secret police video recording of murder-accused Christoper Panayiotou.

Christopher Panayiotou, co-accused in court
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In the recording the PE businessman is seen talking to Luthando Siyoni, who is the alleged middleman in the murder of his wife Jayde.


On Monday, Judge Dyalin Chetty ruled in a trial within a trial that the video recording can be admitted into evidence.

Police witnesses testified and were cross-examined about the video recording during testimony today, after the defence abandoned a bid to get Judge Chetty to recuse himself.


In the recording Panayiotou is heard expressing his unhappines with Siyoni about the way things turned out on the day that his wife was abducted and later murdered in April 2015.

Video clip courtesy of  AlgoaFM

"I swear on my life I didn't say anything but they obviously see who I have been phoning. They are tapping my phone and every number I phone. They've investigating my family too - somebody said something," he says in the video.


Panayiotou also tells Siyoni that he was supposed to make it look like a robbery.


"It became a kidnapping and then a murder instead of just making it look like a robbery outside the house," Panayiotou says.


He also talks about Siyoni needing to disappear.


"In half an hour I am going phone the investigating officer - he was at my house now and that's why I can't talk to you all the time. I am going to tell them you wanted to borrow money," Panayiotou says.


Panayiotou expresses confidence that he will not be caught.


"Ja, I am going to be okay as long as they never know about us," he says.

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